Trawlers Harvest Yellowfin Sole in Bristol Bay

Seafoodnews.com [Bristol Bay Times], July 26, 2016
By Molly Dischner

Salmon and halibut may get most of the fishing attention in Bristol Bay, but that’s not the only species caught commercially here.

In a lesser-discussed endeavor, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and other fishing companies harvest yellowfin sole each year in the Bering Sea — including in part of Bristol Bay.

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State Fix on Groundfish Tax Collection Still a Work in Progress

Undercurrent News, June 15, 2016
By DJ Summers

Editor’s note: this story has been updated with exact numbers provided by Kurt Iverson.

KODIAK — A fishing tax rate glitch has new data that will increase state revenue in 2016, but the fix still needs work.

“I don’t think this issue’s going to go away,” said Kurt Iverson, a research analyst for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Iverson said 2015 data has raised the price for formerly undervalued fish. The state won’t make the millions it believed the fishery is worth, but the aggregate tax increase is worth more than a half-million dollars…. Continue Reading

Alaska Flatfish Catchers Take Hit After NPFMC Bycatch Vote

SeafoodSource.com, June 10, 2015
By Christine Blank, contributing editor

Flatfish catcher-processors are worried about the impact on their business and jobs in the sector after the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reduce halibut bycatch by 25 percent…. Continue Reading

Alaska Groundfish Fleets Face Big Blow from Halibut Bycatch Proposals

America's Finest

undercurrentnews.com, March 9, 2015
By Jeanine Stewart

America's Finest

America’s Finest, the new ship Fishermen’s Finest is building, will replace one of its two vessels – the American No. 1 or the US Intrepid. Credit: Skipsteknisk

Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fleets are staring down at what could be a shocking blow to revenues next year.

The North Pacific Fishery Management (NPFMC) is considering halibut bycatch allocation reductions for BSAI groundfish fleets ranging from 10% to 50%, with a final vote slated for its June meeting.

As the potential impacts of this blow begin to sink in, one company — three-decade old Fishermen’s Finest — has already assessed the damages, and they’re not pretty. The company expects the cuts to have a devastating one-to-one impact on revenue for Amendment 80 flatfish fishing operations in the Bering Sea.
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Amendment 80 Fleet Takes Further Measures to Reduce Halibut Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], January 28, 2015
By Chris Woodley

Chris Woodley is the executive director of Groundfish Forum, which represents most of the Amendment 80 fleet

With recent evidence showing a possible decrease in the Bering Sea halibut fishery allocation this year, there has been a growing concern about halibut bycatch and discard mortality and what to do about it. Both groundfish and halibut fishermen will be affected by the outcomes…. Continue Reading

Halibut Fleet Can Use Mortality Reduction Tools in Cooperation with Other Sectors to Reduce Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], May 30, 2014
By John Gauvin

John Gauvin is the science director for the Alaska Seafood Cooperative, and one of the most experienced developers of gear modifications to reduce bycatch in the industry.

I read Mr. Laukitis’ opinion piece on halibut bycatch (Halibut fishermen say Bering Sea bycatch levels are unacceptable, hope to rein in groundfish fleet Seafood News May 22) with great interest.  In some respects I’d like to thank Mr. Laukitis for assisting our outreach efforts for our halibut bycatch reduction work.   … Continue Reading

Meet the Fisheries: Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska Flatfish

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Alaska Flatfish Fleet Wins Council Approval for Greater Quota Flexibility

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS, April 9, 2013
By John Sackton

At the N. Pacific council meeting this past week, the council approved the industry favored option developed by the Amendment 80 fleet that will increase their flexibility to use quotas…. Continue Reading

N. Pacific Council to Give More Flexibility to Amendment 80 Flatfish Fleet

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  [Alaska Journal of Commerce], March 5, 2013
By Molly Dischner

At the N. Pacific Council meetings that concluded last week, one item considered was providing more flexibility in the Bering Sea flatfish harvest…. Continue Reading